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The scoop on employee handbooks

Test your knowledge on best practices for employee handbooks with this short quiz. Click below to see answers.

  1. Employee handbooks are legally required by federal law.
    1. True
    2. False
  2. Without a handbook, policies and procedures tend to informally change, and employees may not understand exactly what the current policy says.
    1. True
    2. False
  3. When a situation arises, companies should react by creating a policy on how to handle it.
    1. True
    2. False
  4. Whether a policy is consistently enforced is solely at the discretion of individual managers.
    1. True
    2. False

The scoop on employee handbooks: Answers

  1. b. False. Employee handbooks are not legally required (unless through state requirements).
  2. a. True. Having clearly written policies, centrally located, helps ensure that employees (and supervisors and managers) follow company procedures.
  3. b. False. Make a point to create policies to address emerging issues in the workplace before situations arise. This way, employees will know what to expect, and your company can enforce a consistent standard.
  4. b. False. Inconsistently applied policies can create legal risk instead of mitigating it, which most handbooks are intended to do.